Democracy and Human Rights

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May 24, 2012

The 2011 Human Rights Reports: Recording a Year of Transition

Since 1977, the State Department has produced the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Congress mandated these reports to… more
May 17, 2012

Decent Work for Informal Sector Workers

On May 14, a group of experts from academia, labor, and NGOs joined Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer… more
May 15, 2012

Join Secretary Clinton's Strategic Dialogue With Civil Society

For the last year, representatives from the State Department and leading activists have come together and worked to turn ideas… more
May 9, 2012

Freedom of Expression: A Cornerstone of Democracy

Freedom of expression is a cornerstone to any thriving democracy. This idea came to life while I spent three days… more
May 4, 2012

Women Journalists Speak Out for Press Freedom

The woman at the center of this attention was Tawakkol Karman, was a 33 year old Yemeni journalist, known in… more
May 3, 2012

Speaking Out on World Press Freedom Day

Hundred of journalists, bloggers, activists and officials from every corner of the globe have descended on Tunis to honor UNESCO… more
May 2, 2012

Free The Press: Supporting Journalists Under Duress

On May 3, people worldwide will observe World Press Freedom Day, a UNESCO initiative. They will gather in cities and… more
May 1, 2012

'Fifty Years of Progress in Ten'

The Afghan Ambassador to Germany, Professor Dr. A. Rahman Ashraf, smiles warmly at the group of four young Afghan civil… more
April 26, 2012

A Discussion With Russian Civil Society Leaders

Today I was delighted to welcome to the State Department a dozen inspiring civil society advocates from Russia who work… more
April 20, 2012

Photo of the Week: Advancing the Era of Open

This week's Photo of the Week comes to us from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent trip to… more
April 19, 2012

Remembering and Honoring Courage

Writing for the U.S. Department of State DipNote blog, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark F. Brzezinski honors Raoul Wallenberg. In… more

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Piracy Threatens Horn of Africa

About the Author: Dr. Jun Bando is the Maritime Security Coordinator and U.S. Africa Command Liaison for the U.S. Department… more

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